Sunday, October 31, 2010

Amebix - Arise!


Elliot Smith - Either/Or

Penetratingly soft acoustic folk music. For those who think they're too "hardcore" for Elliot Smith: let's see you kill yourself by stabbing yourself with a steak knife in the chest.

Asunder - A Clarion Call


Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures


A rumbling melancholic bass leads over a gray landscape with cold simplistic guitar, simpler drums and tortured baritone vocals. This is one of the most influential albums of all time, not perfect by any means but it doesn't have to be to achieve its beauty. I would recommend this over Closer, even though there are a couple really great songs on that album (24 Hours in particular) this in it's entirety is much stronger.

If you liked this, also check out:
The Gault (Joy Division influenced Goth/Doom)

Witch Hunt - ...As Priorities Decay


Friday, October 29, 2010

Big Black - Songs about Fucking


Steve Albini's guitar sound has been described as the "anti-tone"; a very accurate assertion. "Intelligent" hardcore punk that bends and breaks all the rules of the genre.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Spectacle - Two Song Seven Inch


When some of the members went on tour with their other various projects, the remaining members of the Spectacle recorded this seven inch. Much darker and heavier then all the rest of their material, it'll come as a surprise that it's the same band.

The Gault - Even as All Before Us


From the same guitarist who brought you Weakling, Asunder and now Dispirit. John Gossard's earliest work that mixes Daniel Ash style death rock with Gossard's own styilized doom accompinied by emotional Joy Division-esque vox yeilds a diverse, haunting, unique work of art.

Darkthrone - Panzerfaust


Fenriz's vox can be challenging but this along with Translyvanian Hunger is one of Darkthrone's best albums (and at least the vox arn't as bad as Attila's on Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas). Also has a lyrical contribution from Varg about slaughtering 5,000,000 christians, killing 10,000 trolls and satisfying 5,000,000 women in one night.

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

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Supposedly the album almost bankrupted the record company when guitarist Shields, obsessed with trying to get the perfect sound, fired numerous engineers and spending an obscene amount of time in the studio. Through this unorthodox recording process, Shields yielded the most monumental shoegaze album ever produced; warm, full, riveting, shimmering music, allow the sound to envelop you.

Eyehategod - Dopesick


That glass breaking during "My Name is God (I Hate You)", the first track, is the result of singer Michael Williams suddenly breaking a bottle on the ground, cutting himself badly while another member of the band smeared "Death to pigs" on the studio floor in William's blood. This sums up the general attitude of this album quite nicely.

Pixies - Surfer Rosa


This work basically influenced the entire grunge/alternative revolution of the early 90's. Albini's low production value really highlights Black Francis's (and Kim's) incredibly poetic song writing. Better than its undeveloped predecessor (Come on, Pilgrim) and its over produced follow up (Doolittle) though both have their share of moments as well.